Favre & Manning's Careers Share The Same Boat

Tony TuckerCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts as he walks off the field against the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Who is the greatest QB of all-time?  Is it Joe Montana, John Elway, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Brett Favre?  All of these men are in the conversation for different circumstances.

Favre holds every major personal passing record.  Montana, Elway, and Brady all have multiply rings.  Manning, if healthy for the next several seasons will pass all of Favre’s records.

For two straight weeks fans, players, and media spent time anointing Peyton Manning as the greatest QB of all-time.  I too got caught up in the web of greatness when I picked the Colts to win the Super Bowl.

Everyone I see on television and talk to about sports claims Manning is the Greatest.  Well if that is the consensus, then we need to reevaluate Manning’s position after losing to the Saints in the Super Bowl.

I strongly argue that Favre is the greatest QB ever!  For the same reason that people tell me I’m an idiot for that statement, and then choose Manning, he looked an awful lot like Favre on that critical late game interception.

If you look at the numbers, who is better Favre or Manning?

More In Common Than Just Southern Natives

Regular season numbers are a wash for Favre and Manning, when their careers are over they will be one and two in all major categories. 

In fact the only thing that may hold back these men from continuing their amazing consecutive games streak is the possible 2011 work stoppage.

For their careers they both now have one Super Bowl win and one lose.

In post-season games Manning is now 9 – 9, Favre is 13 – 11.

Six times in Manning’s career he has gone one and done in the post-season.  Favre has only done this three times in his career.

Manning now has 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in his post-season career; Favre has 44 touchdowns to 30 interceptions.

In route to Manning’s only Super Bowl victory he had 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.  Favre had 5 touchdowns to only one interception when claiming his Lombardi Trophy.

Manning’s Super Bowl win came against the Chicago Bears, coached by Lovie Smith and quarterbacked by Rex Grossmen.  Many people find this to be an unimpressive win.

Favre beat the New England Patriots, coached by Bill Parcells and quarterbacked by Drew Bledsoe.  Parcells is consider to be one of the best coaches of all-time and Bledsoe is a four time Pro Bowler, who threw for over 44,000 yards in the NFL.

I Say Potato, you say Patato

Although both of these all-time greats have had their struggles in the past, I would say that Favre’s post-season career has been slightly better than Manning.

Manning has the benefit of being younger and has four to five more good seasons to change his legacy, while Favre may only have one year left in his 40 year old body.

The interception in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl reaffirmed that it doesn’t matter how great you are, football is a team game.  Along with that, Manning also proved to put to much pressure on himself and choked in crunch time.  This is a negative stigma that has haunted Favre and Manning throughout their careers. 

I’m not saying Manning is overrated; he just has some work ahead of him to catch the body of work Favre has personally put together.  If you going to crown Peyton Manning as the greatest QB of all-time, then Favre’s numbers suggest that he is 1A.


If you have time, please read my take on the possible NFL work stoppage in 2011